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Meet The Team

Posted on: April 24th, 2018 by Paul Byrne

Back Row (L-R): Dr Terence O’Carroll, Dr Shelagh Malham, Dr Peter Robins, Nicholas Chopin, Brian O’Loan, Prof Lewis LeVay, Trevor Jones

Front Row (L-R): Breda Curran, Esther Howie, Dr. Julie Webb, Joanne Gaffney, Benen Dallaghan

Bord Iascaigh Mhara Team

Dr. Terence O’Carroll is the Aquaculture Technical Manager based at the BIM offices in Dun Laoghaire.

Benen Dallaghan is the GIS officer based at the BIM offices in Dun Laoghaire.

Nicholas Chopin is an Inshore Survey Officer based at the BIM offices in Galway. He is responsible for the seed mussel larvae monitoring including husbandry monitoring, organising larvae sampling and analysis. Using drift buoys, grabs, dredges, acoustic data and underwater video methods Nick is collecting and processing a vast quantity of in situ data.

Niamh Mcgowan-Weafer is the Aquaculture Technical Financial and Administrations Co-ordinator.

Paul Byrne is a developer with over 20 years’ experience in computer engineering, IT and web. He is based in the BIM offices in Dun Laoghaire.

Amy Geraghty has recently completed a PhD in UCC and has completed a BSc in Zoology in UCD and an MRes in Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems from the University of St. Andrews and the Scottish Association for Marine Science

The Bangor Team

Dr Shelagh Malham is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Ocean Sciences and works for the Centre for Applied Marine Sciences in Bangor University. Her research is focused on environmental interactions in relation to shellfish. The holistic approach encompasses such wide ranging themes as catchment to coast processes, ecosystem health, estuarine functioning, pathogens and human health, macronutrient processing, pollution, climate change (temperature, acidification, sea level rise), shellfish mortality/disease, larval connectivity and shellfish sustainability. Her work results in the direct impact required for commercial enterprises in catchment, coastal and oceanographic areas. Shelagh is the ISPP Operations Director.

Dr Julie Webb is the Post-Doctoral Research Officer on the project. Responsible for the delivering the science within the ISPP Operation and developing the larval monitoring regimes.

Dr Nicholas Jones is a Research Officer on ISPP and is responsible for monitoring the reproductive condition of local mussel populations, undertaking larval distribution and seed settlement surveys, as well as designing and monitoring an off-shore bivalve cultivation system. He has worked in both the private and public sector including a number of commercial fish hatcheries in the UK and overseas. Also has worked as a reseacher in sclerochronology on a number of collaborative projects with the British Geological Survey, where growth records and geochemical signatures in the shells of bivalve molluscs were used to analyse past environmental conditions near drilling sites, in both the North and Irish Seas.

Dr Thomas Galley is a Research Officer on ISPP, responsible for monitoring the reproductive condition of local mussel populations, undertaking larval distribution and seed settlement surveys, and designing and monitoring an off-shore bivalve cultivation system. Tom has over 10 years experience as a research scientist in the field of marine aquaculture, working on larval and juvenile culture techniques, nutrition and physiology in both temperate and tropical species. In addition he has worked on a number of international EU funded bivalve research projects across collaborating institutions; on the BLUESEED and REPROSEED projects key aims were to produce triploid mussels using chemical triggers, investigate the development of a sustainable supply of high quality blue mussel seed and to understand the factors influencing metamorphosis and post-settlement movement in the bivalves Mytilus edulis and Pecten maximus.

Dr Peter Robins is a Research Fellow and will be building on the models he created during SUSFISH. His research involves modelling studies, based around the European shelf seas. These include marine renewable energy, biophysical larval transport modelling, coastal and estuarine processes and morphodynamics.

Jenna Alexander is a Research Support Officer working on bivalve genetics.

Esther Howie is the Operation Manager who is responsible for delivering the Irish Sea Portal Pilot Operation in line with the Business Plan. Esther is based in the Marine Centre Wales and contact information can be found here

Karen Tuson is the Research Project Support Administrative Officer for ISPP.

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Posted on: April 24th, 2018 by Paul Byrne

About Bord Iascaigh Mhara

BIM’s mission is to support and enable an increase in value creation of a sustainable Irish seafood sector across the supply chain, from catch to consumer.


Read BIM Statement of Strategy Enabling Sustainable Growth 2018-2020 (pdf 1,810Kb)

BIM’s strategy aims to enhance the competitiveness of the Irish seafood sector focusing on the following five key strategic priorities:

  1. Sustainability
  2. Skills
  3. Innovation
  4. Competitiveness
  5. Leadership

Overview of BIM

BIM’s vision is to lead the Irish Seafood sector through our effective support and deep expertise so that Ireland becomes the international leader in high value differentiated products that satisfy the growing demand for healthy, safe, responsibly and sustainably produced seafood.

Our Board Members

The Board of BIM comprises six directors, including a Chairman appointed by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Our Board determines BIM’s programmes in the context of EU and national policies and oversees their implementation.

Our Management Team

BIM has three Development Divisions and a Secretariat, each of which is lead by a Director reporting to the Chief Executive.

Our Locations

View our Locations around the coast.

Bangor University

Posted on: April 24th, 2018 by Paul Byrne


About Bangor University

A reputation for excellence

Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. Around 11,000 students currently study at the University, with 650 teaching staff based within twenty three Academic Schools.

Bangor University is ranked in the top 40 in the UK for research*, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The REF recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent, ahead of the average for UK universities.

The most recent National Student Survey (NSS 2017) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions).

Gold rated teaching

Bangor University has achieved a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Bangor University is the only university in Wales to achieve this standard.

The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A range of expertise

The University is made up of five Colleges housing twenty-two academic Schools, as well as over fifty specialist research centres, enabling the provision of courses spanning the Arts, Humanities and Sciences.

Highly rated courses and lecturers

We offer hundreds of courses across the arts and the sciences. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and our courses and lecturers were rated second in the UK at the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Committed to sustainability

Bangor University is committed to being known globally as The Sustainable University. Much of what we do is based on our desire to bring sustainability to life; whether through our teaching, research or public engagement. We have established The Sustainability Lab to lead on all aspects of sustainability across the University. We have ISO14001 and Green Dragon Level 5 accreditation for environmental management and we are in the top 5% of the world’s greenest universities according to the Universitas Indonesia UI Green Metric.

Bangor’s location is unrivalled

Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea – has been described as the best university setting in the UK. In 2016 North Wales was named as the 4th best region in the world to visit by the travel guide Lonely Planet due to its stunning location and “shiny new adventure sports facilities”.

Investment in facilities

The University’s recent investments in facilities and services include the Pontio Arts and Innovation centre, a multi-million pound development which includes teaching facilities a theatre, cinema, bar, cafes and an innovation space. Pontio is also home to our Students’ Union.

Other investment include the opening of 600 brand new rooms at St Mary’s Student Village and the redevelopment of the University’s sports facilities at Canolfan Brailsford.

The Bangor student experience

Student life at Bangor University is vibrant and diverse. We have more than 150 Students’ Union Clubs and Societies, covering a range of interests, activities and sports, which means there’s something for everyone. Student membership is free, so all our students can take advantage of the extra-curricular opportunities offered. Our Clubs and Societies were named best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Students are given help and support from the moment they arrive. Our Student Services Centre provides advice and guidance on matters from money and housing to disability support, counselling, dyslexia, study skills and local faith provision. Every year hundreds of second and third year students are trained as Peer Guides to welcome new students to Bangor and provide practical advice to help them settle-in.

High standard of accommodation

Bangor University’s accommodation has been rated as the best in the UK at the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2018. The 2018 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey places Bangor University in the Top 10 in the UK for Accommodation.

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who select Bangor as their Firm Choice and apply before the given deadline.

Links and partnerships

We have close links with business and the NHS in Wales through the Besti Cadwaladr University Health Board. The University is a major provider of training and education for the NHS and is also one of the main partners in the North Wales Clinical School.

*excluding specialist institutions and single-submission universities

Ireland Wales Programme 2014-2020

Posted on: April 24th, 2018 by Paul Byrne

What is the Ireland Wales Programme?

The Ireland Wales 2014-2020 European Territorial Co-operation (ETC) programme is a maritime programme connecting organisations, businesses and communities on the West coast of Wales with the South-East coast of Ireland.

The programme is one of a family of ETC programmes which provide opportunities for regions in the EU to work together to address common economic, environmental and social challenges.

The Ireland Wales programme focuses on seeking solutions to shared challenges on both sides of the Irish sea, to improve the economic and sustainable development priorities of Wales and Ireland.

The programme focuses on:

  • Cross border innovation
  • Adaptation of the Irish Sea and Coastal Communities to Climate Change
  • Cultural and Natural Resources and Heritage

See further details on our projects page.

The Welsh Government manages the programme with partners, the Southern Regional Assembly (SRA) and the Department for Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER).

The overall value of the programme is €100m, utilising €79m from the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Contact BIM

Posted on: April 24th, 2018 by Paul Byrne

Aquaculture Technical Services

Terence O’Carroll

Speak to me about: our technology services

Direct +353 1 2144 216

Mobile +353 87 2853 972


Nicolas Chopin

Speak to me about: inshore surveying, including seed mussel stocks

Direct +353 1 2144 106

Mobile +353 87 6127 641


Niamh McGowan-Weafer

Speak to me about: General technical inquiries and the Bucanier, ISPP and Bluefish Projects

Direct + 353 1 2144 242


Regional Development Officer

Joanne Gaffney

Direct +353 1 2144 249

Mobile +353 87 6784 484


ISPP Project

Paul Byrne

Speak to me about: The Irish Sea Portal Pilot project

Direct +353 1 2144 101

Mobile +353 87 6010 178


Amy Geraghty

Speak to me about: The Irish Sea Portal Pilot project

Direct +353 1 2144 173

Mobile: +353 87 6526 133


Contact BU

Posted on: April 24th, 2018 by Paul Byrne

For General Enquiries

Karen Tuson
Research project Support Administrative Officer

Centre for Applied marine Sciences

Marine Centre Wales

Phone: (+44) 1248 38 80 78



For specific Enquiries

Dr Shelagh Malham
Operations Director

Centre for Applied Marine Sciences

Environment Centre Wales

Phone: (+44) 1248 38 32 52



Esther Howie
Operation Manager

Centre for Applied Marine Sciences

Marine Centre Wales

Phone: (+44) 1248 38



Dr Julie Webb
Post-Doctoral Research Officer

Centre for Applied Marine Sciences

Marine Centre Wales

Phone: (+44) 1248 38 80 79